Graham Salisbury, former clerk of the course and Subzero’s great mate, dead, aged 76

The racing community is mourning the death of former clerk of the course Graham Salisbury, whose passing ends one of the sport’s most celebrated partnerships.

Best known as the carer of iconic Melbourne Cup winner Subzero, Salisbury lost his battle with cancer. He was 76.

Racing Victoria said: “Graham passed away in Bendigo Hospital at the age of 76 after a long battle with cancer.

Graham Salisbury and Subzero had a special bond and were great contributors to the racing industry. Picture: Zoe PhillipsSource:News Corp Australia

“He leaves behind his wife Anita, children Nicole and Anthony, and his best mate, 1992 Melbourne Cup winner Subzero.”

RV chief executive, Giles Thompson, said: “This is an incredibly sad day for the Victorian racing industry as we farewell one of our greatest and much loved servants.

“Graham’s dedication to the sport was incredible and Victorian racing will be forever indebted to him for his service and his great love of the horse.

It is with a heavy heart that Racing Victoria acknowledges the passing today of long-time employee and industry ambassador Graham Salisbury. Graham passed away in Bendigo Hospital at the age of 76 after a long battle with cancer.

“He was one of our longest serving employees spending more than 40 years in the saddle as a clerk of the course, in the process earning an army of friends within our industry.

“He will be best remembered though for his work alongside his great mate Subzero, together bringing joy to the masses as they toured the community promoting our sport and the thoroughbred.

“From schoolchildren to the elderly, those battling ill health to Hollywood A-listers, racing devotees to everyday Australians, Graham and Subzero touched so many hearts.

“There will be many a tear shed as people remember Graham and the bond he shared with one of our most famous racehorses, ‘Subbie’, the Melbourne Cup winner who soared to even greater heights off the track thanks to the incredible love and dedication of Graham.

Subzero and Graham Salisbury made regular visits to aged care homes and hospitals as racing ambassadors. Picture: Jay TownSource:News Corp Australia

“To Anita and the Salisbury family, the Victorian racing industry offers its sincerest condolences upon the passing of a great racing man. Graham may be gone, but he will never be forgotten.”

Salisbury’s family will continue to look after Subzero.

This has been a very tough day. I as a mate and we in the industry mourn the passing of an iconic man in Graham Salisbury. Please go here to read, share, care and understand the impact he and @subzerohorse have had and hopefully will.

Subzero is the world's greatest living thoroughbred. He has lost his soul mate Graham Salisbury. Subbie will grieve in his own dignified way. Two champions – one now in Champions' heaven.

Originally published asSubzero’s great mate loses battle with cancer

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